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GAA tribute to 'beautiful player' Clare McSorley after tragic death

By Cate McCurry

Published 30/11/2016

Clare McSorley
Clare McSorley

Tributes have poured in for a popular teenage GAA player from Co Tyrone who died suddenly.

Clare McSorley, from the Omagh area, passed away yesterday afternoon.

The tight-knit community of Drumragh has been plunged into sadness following the 18-year-old's passing.

The former Drumragh Integrated College pupil played for Drumragh Sarsfields, which is holding a service of reflection for her tonight.

The circumstances of her death are not clear, though it is believed the teenager was in hospital at the weekend.

A message on the Drumragh Sarsfields Facebook page said: "Tragedy has befallen our club with the tragic loss of our beautiful young playing member, Clare McSorley.

"We extend our deepest sympathy, prayers and support to (her parents) Jackie, Tommy, (and sisters) Ellen and Orla.

"Drumragh GAC offer its support to all members and friends of Clare at this difficult time. The club would want to offer its support to all members - young and old - who knew Clare and to express this by way of a short service of reflection at 7pm in the clubrooms."

West Tyrone SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan, who is from the area, said: "Sincere thoughts and deepest prayers with family and friends of young Clare - a very hard and sore loss."

Alliance's Stephen Donnelly described her as a "lovely" girl. He tweeted: "I'd hoped the rumours weren't true.

Clare McSorley
Clare McSorley

"I first met Clare when I taught at her primary school during work experience. A funny, lovely girl."

Policing Board member Ryan Feeney, who is a member of the Derry County GAA executive committee, said: "Some perspective - God bless Clare and her family, another young life cut tragically short."

Hundreds of tributes flooded social media last night. One person wrote: "Clare was a beautiful young girl, an unimaginable loss for her family and friends.

Another said she was a "one of a kind" and a "beautiful girl".

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